New Year’s Food Traditions to Bring You Good Luck

Collard greens

Collard greens are a late Southern crop, so they're simple to find in winter. 

Black-eyed peas

Beans, like greens, represent coins. Southerners make Hoppin' John, a lucky New Year's Eve dish, with beans, rice, and bacon.

Cornbread

Combining black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread on your New Year's meal may bring you luck. 

Soba

Slurping these noodles is part of the tradition because breaking or chewing them ends the luck from this New Year's Day supper.

Grapes

Spanish New Year's Eve custom is to eat a grape for each midnight, representing a new calendar page.

Pork

Pigs travel forward when they eat, making pork lucky on New Year's Day. They are also fat, signifying a hefty wallet next year.

Pomegranates

Make pomegranate crostini for your New Year's celebration or put yours in a plastic bag to avoid a mess.

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